Aurelio De Laurentiis confirms Marek Hamsik wants to leave Napoli for Dalian Yifang and notes ‘there‘s a big difference’ between the clubs.
Hamsik will reportedly sign three-year contract with Dalian worth a lucrative €27m, and De Laurentiis confessed he and Coach Carlo Ancelotti had given the midfielder their approval to the move.
“I once met Raiola near London and I didn’t even know who he was,” he continued at a Press conference, despite initially refusing to answer questions about the Slovak.
“He talked to me about Hamsik this and Hamsik that because Milan wanted him. I said ‘no’ and then Moratti called me to ask about him, but I said he wasn’t going anywhere.
“Allegri already rated him at Milan and when he moved to Juventus, Hamsik himself told me about [Juve’s] enquiry, but I told him he wasn’t moving as he’s Napoli’s ‘bandiera’.
“He also asked me if he could leave last summer, but Chinese transfers are cold at that time of the year compared to February.
“He was with us for 11 years. He told me about China but my demands were high. After the change in Coach, I didn’t want to remove a piece of the jigsaw before Fabian and other new solutions were tried out.
“I was happy that he stayed, but we’ve seen how Ancelotti has used everyone in the squad.
“He wants to assess everyone’s potential, also because there are medical bulletins every day.
“Hamsik’s asked to leave at a time when we’re more than covered in midfield. it wouldn’t give us a problem, which is why Ancelotti gave his approval, but between the Chinese and the Neapolitans there’s a big difference so we’ll see what happens next.
“I told Hamsik that this is his home and we’ll be happy to welcome him back if he wants to return.
“He’s a beautiful part of our history! He’s the one who bought a house in Castel Volturno. I’ve told him not so many times that he’s always done his bit here. He’s impeccable.”
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